The demand for ICT graduates is very strong.
According to ‘Technology Skills 2020 Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan’:
- Ireland is a global technology hub, with 16 of the top 20 global technology firms, 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies and 4 of the top 5 IT service companies locating strategic operations in Ireland2,3. The ICT sector is a driver of Ireland’s productivity growth, a key contributor to total value added to the economy, as well as a driver of exports and high quality, highly paid employment.
- Rapid growth in the sector is driving increased demand for high-level ICT skills. This is also evident as digitalisation takes hold across the economy and as the international labour market tightens and competition intensifies for skilled professionals.
This is very good news for BSc Computer Science, BSc Data Science and Analytics, BA Psychology and Computing and BA Digital Humanities and Information Technology graduates.
The salaries of graduate of computer science related programmes are generally on the higher end of the spectrum. According to gradireland’s Graduate Salary & Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey 2019, the technology sector accounts for 19% of available graduate jobs, the joint highest proportion of any sector surveyed. Like last year, the sector is performing well in terms of pay, with the mean starting salary for a graduate in a technology role coming in at €31,701. (source: https://gradireland.com/career-sectors/it-and-telecoms/tech-sector-salaries)
Over the past three years, graduate employment for Computer Science gradautes was 83%, with a furhter 8% in furhter study.